Will happiness really transform your life, or is it a marketing ploy to sell more self- improvement books? Let’s start with some statistics…
Approximately 50% of the variation in happiness levels among individuals, is a direct result of genetics. Yes, the happiness gene does exist and some lucky individuals are blessed with it.
Life circumstances account for approximately 10% of the variation in happiness levels.
The remaining 40% is up to us, meaning, we have control over our happiness.
So, why is happiness so important? In particular, how can it impact how we live our lives?
Research shows the following:
Happier people make better decisions. This directly impacts all areas of life – health/wellness, business, relationships, financial.
Happier people are more likely to be active and make better food choices. They have more energy and they sleep better.
Happier people have lower blood pressure, reduced stress levels, and a stronger immune system.
Happier people have more meaningful relationships. They are better communicators. They enjoy spending time with others. They tend to be more supportive, empathetic, and better listeners.
Happier people are more likely to bounce back from a challenge or set-back. They look through the lens of a glass half full. They consider set-backs as learning experiences.
Happier people are more confident and have a better self-image. They may be a work in progress, but they are confident in their abilities. As a result, they tend to be more successful in business.
How could happiness impact your life and how you live it?
You be the judge.